Wondering how your DNA sample(s) will fare now that Hurricane Ike is headed straight for the Texas Gulf Coast? Me too.

Yesterday, I received the following announcement from Family Tree DNA:

Dear Family Tree DNA Group Administrator,

Many of you are probably aware that Hurricane Ike is currently in the Gulf of Mexico. Family Tree DNA’s offices are located about 50 miles inland from the Gulf and our websites are hosted on servers in high security datacenters nearby with backups and standbys both in our offices and in other locations in the region. All locations are directly attached to high speed / high capacity fiber optic networks. We have put effective backup and redundancy systems in place to prevent any loss of data. For example, we take a snapshot of the complete genetic and business databases every 15 minutes and maintain those 15 minute snapshots locally for more than a month. Shortly after each snapshot, the data is replicated to the other backup sites for redundancy. Should there be a catastrophic impact to the Houston area, you should be confident that Family Tree DNA’s customer and business data is safe.

If you would like to follow along the progress of the storm, we have found this site to be very informative: http://www.stormpulse.com/

For those of you concerned about our web site and systems we suggest that you continue to encourage new members to join your surname project. There should be no loss of power within the database center and your orders will give our staff something to do on Monday, since we’ll probably send everyone home to hunker down early Friday afternoon.

By the way, most of our Group Administrators have done a wonderful job promoting the current Y-DNA and mtDNA sale we have for project members. The batch that closed on Wednesday was exceptional and you will see quite a boost to the database size within the next several weeks as the much larger number of Y-DNA kits work themselves through the system. Thanks for your support.

Best Regards,
Bennett Greenspan
President, Family Tree DNA

Sounds like they’ve got it covered!

Oh, and there’s still time to get in on the sale that Mr. Greenspan referenced. Please check out my earlier post about FTDNA’s Sizzling Summer Sale – note that the deadline has been extended to September 30th!

Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who is in harm’s way during this hurricane season. Stay safe out there, people.

Copyright © 2008 by Elizabeth O’Neal

Elizabeth is a professional genealogist, writer, and consultant. Likes: long walks in the cemetery, and the smell of old courthouse books. Dislikes: people who copy stuff off the internet without giving credit, and county clerks who can't tell the difference between Eastern and Pacific time zones. Secretly hopes her daughter will one day develop an interest in family history (but no luck so far).

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